Part of Australia is set to get itself legal weed next year. Canberra, the capital of Australia, will get legalized cannabis possession and cultivation on January 31. The bill was passed on Wednesday by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly.
The new policy will be significantly more lenient than many in the United States. Unlike state legalization in the states, which only apply to those 21 or over, Canberra will allow possession and cultivation for adults 18 and over.
It will also permit the possession of a relatively large amount of cannabis: up to 50 grams (roughly 1.75 ounces). In addition, individuals will be able grow up to two cannabis plants.
In another stark difference between Canberra laws and local legalization in the United States, Australian officials have said that the new program will not substantially conflict with federal prohibition.
ACT attorney general Gordon Ramsay said that while cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, these laws would not apply to Canberrans “in practice.”
Michael Pettersson, a politician with Australia’s Labor Party, also said that federal law allows for the use of cannabis if it is permitted by a local state or territory.
“Commonwealth law has been written with the express understanding that there are differences,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.
“I don’t think it’s particularly likely the commonwealth government will try to fight this.”
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